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Beer Battered Fish

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Who doesn’t love a good fried fish dinner? Okay, people who don’t eat fish but I don’t know any of those people. If I did, we wouldn’t be friends. So there. One of our Girls’ Pint Out members told me about her beer battered fish and slaw that she makes with her boyfriend. I immediately begged for the recipe so I could share it with all of you! Thank you Sara for your recipe and being awesome!

Beer Battered Fish
Ingredients
4 tilapia filets
canola oil
For the batter (enough for six fillets):
1 cup flour
1 cup beer
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp white pepper
Side dish – Broccoli Slaw
1 bag broccoli slaw
Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing
Method
Fried fish is great for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. It takes only a few ingredients, so it’s a little lighter on the pocketbook.  You can buy individually packets frozen fish fillets
at your local grocery store for $5-6 bucks.
Start by heating 1/2 inch oil in a skillet to 375 degrees.  If you don’t have a thermometer, you can test whether your oil is hot enough by LIGHTLY flicking water at the surface.  It’s ready when the water pops. Or, invest in a fancy fryer that has an electronic thermometer. But those cost like $300. Save the money and buy some good beer instead.
Prepare the batter – add flour and seasonings to medium bowl.  Slowly whisk in 1 cup beer.  I used Sam Adams Summer Ale, a wheat beer with a touch of lemon.  Other good choices are stout’s. Whisk until most of the batter is smooth.
Excess moisture keeps batter from sticking to the fish, so dry your fillets with a paper towel before dipping into the batter.  Add them one by one to your hot oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides.
For the slaw – Empty one package of broccoli slaw into a large bowl.  Add the dressing 1/4 cup at a time until slaw is covered.  Sprinkle with salt, serve cold.
Enjoy!

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